You Don't Treat Me No Good

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"You Don't Treat Me No Good"
Single by Sonia Dada
from the album Sonia Dada
Released October 1992
Genre Soul
Length 4:09
Label Festival
Writer(s) Dan Pritzker
Producer(s) Daniel Laszlo
Dan Pritzker
Sonia Dada singles chronology
"You Don't Treat Me No Good"
"You Ain't Thinking (About Me)"

"You Don't Treat Me No Good" is the title of a song recorded by the American soul group Sonia Dada. Released in 1992, the song was a number-one hit in Australia, spending four weeks at the top of the ARIA Charts. Eighteen years later, country music singer Jerrod Niemann released a cover version under the title "Lover, Lover," and his version reached number one on the U.S. Hot Country Songs chart.


Glenn A. Baker of Billboard magazine described the song's chart success as "the most unexpected[…]breakout in the Australian market for many years." He also cited it as an example of the label's success with breaking new acts outside their home markets.[1] SAFM in Adelaide was among the first stations to play the song.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Joe Rassenfoss of the Rocky Mountain News, in his review of the album, called the song a "catchy vocal entreaty."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"You Don't Treat Me No Good" debuted at number 38 on the Australian ARIA Charts dated for November 29, 1992.[3] After spending six weeks in the number two position behind Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You,"[1] the song reached a peak of number one on the chart dated for the week ending February 28, 1993.[4] It held that position for four weeks and fell to number four on the chart dated for March 28.[5] It was also ranked number three on the ARIA year-end chart.[6] Although the song did not chart in the United States, the self-titled album from which it was taken sold more than 100,000 copies in the United States after its release in 1992.[7]

Preceded by
"I Will Always Love You"
by Whitney Houston
ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
February 28-March 21, 1993
Succeeded by
"Cat's in the Cradle"
by Ugly Kid Joe


  • You Don't Treat Me No Good (Edited Album Version) 03:28
  • You Don't Treat Me No Good (Album Version) 04:11
  • You Don't Treat Me No Good (Ebersold/Paige Remix) 03:25
  • You Don't Treat Me No Good (Krampf Remix) 4:19 - Appeared on 'You Ain't Thinkin' About Me' 5-Track Single

Jerrod Niemann version[edit]

"Lover, Lover"
Single by Jerrod Niemann
from the album Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury
Released March 1, 2010
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 3:14
Label Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville
Writer(s) Dan Pritzker
Producer(s) Dave Brainard
Jerrod Niemann
Certification Platinum (US)[8]
Jerrod Niemann singles chronology
"The One That Got Away"
"Lover, Lover"
"What Do You Want"

On March 1, 2010, country music artist Jerrod Niemann released his cover version under the title "Lover, Lover".[9] It was Niemann's first release on the Sea Gayle label, a sister label of Arista Nashville, as well as his fourth single release overall. It is included on his album Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury, which was released in July 2010, as well as the thirty-fifth edition of Now That's What I Call Music!


Niemann's recording of the song features nine vocal tracks, all of which he recorded himself and then overdubbed. He recorded eight of the vocal tracks in one day and recorded the bass backing vocals the next day.[10] Niemann once explained that his voice was hoarse from recording the eight vocal parts and was unable to record the bass vocal. He and a friend then visited the Nashville tavern Tin Roof, which is near the studio where the song was recorded, after Niemann recalled upon several occasions where the Tin Roof bartender would serve Niemann excessive doses of whiskey resulting in Niemann awakening in the morning after with an extremely low voice. With this in mind, Niemann "medicated" his vocal cords by having the Tin Roof bartender serve him Jack Daniels whiskey nonstop for approximately six hours that night and then returned to the studio the next morning to record the bass vocal.[11]


The main riff.

The song is in the key of G Major, at a moderate tempo, based around a two-measure riff played on acoustic guitar. No full chords are played in the song, although the second measure of the riff includes an open fifth consisting of C and G.[12]

Critical reception[edit]

Writing for the CMT blog, Whitney Self said that Niemann "gives the tune a new feel with his contagious beats and acoustic guitar."[13] Bobby Peacock of Roughstock called it "soulful, catchy and distinctive," giving it a four-star rating out of five.[14]

Music video[edit]

Potsy Ponciroli directed the music video, which features Niemann playing guitar while singing the song on a porch. It was filmed in Nashville, Tennessee. Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser make cameos at the end.[15]

Chart performance[edit]

"Lover, Lover" debuted at number 52 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated for the week ending March 6, 2010.[16] On the week of August 14, 2010, it became his first number one on the Hot Country Songs charts.[17] It finished at number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 22 on the Hot Country Songs.[18]

Chart (2010) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[19] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 29
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[21] 49

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 100
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[19] 22
Preceded by
"Undo It"
by Carrie Underwood
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

August 14, 2010
Succeeded by
by Zac Brown Band


  1. ^ a b c Baker, Glenn A. (6 March 1993). "Festival Pushes Sonia Dada to Top". Billboard: 46. 
  2. ^ Rassenfoss, Joe (30 July 1993). "Sonia Dada's debut delivers". Rocky Mountain News. 
  3. ^ "ARIA Charts for the week ending 29 November 1992". Australian Retrieved 19 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "ARIA Charts for the week ending 28 February 1993". Australian Retrieved 19 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "ARIA Charts for the week ending 28 March 1993". Australian Retrieved 19 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts end of the year listing for 1993". Retrieved 19 March 2010. 
  7. ^ Skelly, Richard. "Sonia Dada biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 19 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "American single certifications – Jerrod Niemann – Lover, Lover". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  9. ^ "Jerrod Niemann releases debut Arista single". All Access. Retrieved 19 March 2010. 
  10. ^ Roland, Tom (28 April 2010). "Jerrod Niemann gets repetitious". Great American Country. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "JERROD NIEMANN'S LAST-MINUTE DECISION PROVES TO BE GOOD MOVE". Retrieved 3 December 2010. [dead link]
  12. ^ "'Lover, Lover' sheet music". Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  13. ^ Self, Whitney (16 April 2010). "Jerrod Niemann's "Lover, Lover" Is Contagious". CMT. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  14. ^ Peacock, Bobby (19 March 2010). "Jerrod Niemann — "Lover, Lover"". Roughstock. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  15. ^ Truitt, Brian (1 June 2011). "Country star Jerrod Niemann lives it up on the road and prepares for the CMT Music Awards". USA Weekend. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  16. ^ Morris, Edward (27 February 2010). "Lady Antebellum and Josh Turner Still Ride Tallest in the Saddle". CMT. Retrieved 19 March 2010. 
  17. ^ "Niemann scores his first number one". Country Standard Time. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  18. ^ "Niemann scores his first number one". Country Standard Time. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  19. ^ a b "Jerrod Niemann Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Jerrod Niemann. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  20. ^ a b "Jerrod Niemann Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Jerrod Niemann. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  21. ^ "Jerrod Niemann Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Jerrod Niemann. Retrieved 2010-08-28.

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